According to an article published by Amber Valley Info, Derbyshire County Council Public Health Officials, are warning parents and nurseries to look out for signs of Scarlet Fever in children as the number of local cases increases.
More cases are usually reported in March and April each year but this year there has been a 77% increase in Derbyshire so far! This amounts to 39 cases! The disease mostly occurs in children aged between 2 and 8 years of age and can spread easily.
The councils Director of Public Health has written to all Derbyshire nurseries and schools to remind staff of the signs, symptoms and actions to take in the event of an outbreak.
Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Dave Allen said: “The number of cases currently being reported in Derbyshire are above what is typical. This may reflect more awareness and improved diagnosis but the high number of cases are a concern.”
Do you know how to spot the signs of an infection in a child? Do you know how to stop an infection from spreading? Do you know how to protect yourself and others from an infection?